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Marylebone is an extremely picturesque area to the north west of central London. Part of the City of Westminster (bounded by Maida Vale, Regent's Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus), Marylebone is an excellent place to stay when planning a shopping or sightseeing trip to London. The splendid Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian streets evoke eras made familiar by Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Charles Dickens lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace (now 15-17 Marylebone Road) from 1839 to 1851 during which time he completed six novels - The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, A Christmas Carol, Dombey and Son and David Copperfield.
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Sherlock Holmes and Regents Park
The famous Baker Street remains largely unchanged from the original description of the place of residence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character - the inimitable Mr Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street is great fun and well worth a visit.
Marylebone has a wealth of attractions including the elegant Regent's Park
- designed in 1811 by architect John Nash. This vast Royal Park offers spectacular views of lakes, gardens, tree lined avenues and stunning architecture. There are areas of specialist planting including the London Zoological Gardens, the English Gardens and St John's Lodge Gardens. Queen Mary's Gardens provide an enchanting backdrop for the open air Regent's Park Theatre
Just south of Regent's Park, on Marylebone Road, stands the imposing building - Madame Tussaud's - where visitors can see one of the most famous collections of waxwork models including a host of contemporary celebrities from the media, pop and sporting worlds.
In 1802 Madame Tussaud left France for England taking a small collection of wax figures passed to her upon her uncle's death. This show toured the country until in 1835 Madame Tussaud established a permanent exhibition in Baker Street, London. The exhibition became extremely popular - portraying well known figures of the day, including royalty, set in lavishly decorated surroundings and often dressed in authentic costume.
Madame Tussaud died in 1850 but her sons continued with the business. In 1884 the Waxworks moved to Marylebone Road where it remains as popular today - drawing countless visitors from around the world; providing an enjoyable and interactive fun day out for all the family.
The London Planetarium (part of Madame Tussaud's) uses the most recent technology to present a spectacular view of the universe. Visitors sense the experience of travelling into space on a journey of exploration and discovery.
The Royal Academy and The Wallace Collection
The Royal Academy of Music
The Royal Academy of Music stands on Marylebone Road - a short distance from Madame Tussaud's. The Academy's collections of instruments, archives, manuscripts and images as well as contemporary exhibits can be viewed at the York Gate Collections (free admission; open weekdays 12.30 - 6.30pm; weekends 2 - 5.30pm).
The Wallace Collection can be seen at Hertford House, Manchester Square - just north of Oxford Street between Marble Arch and Bond Street. The collection is displayed in the twenty five galleries of this historic London town house. There are superb collections of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain, arms and armour, miniatures, sculpture and works of art from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Admission is free.
Lord's Cricket Ground
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Marylebone Cricket Club Museum is part of Lord's Cricket Ground
St John's Wood Road, London NW8
Housed in the gallery opened to commemorate the lives of cricketers who died in the two world wars, this fascinating collection of cricket memorabilia includes portraits, photographs, bats used by celebrity cricketers and the prized urn containing the Ashes.
The exhibition celebrates 400 years of cricket history. The game began as a 'village pastime' but by the mid nineteenth century the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) had established the 'conduct and rules' of the game. The MCC are still considered to be the world authority on what has become a highly competitive professional and international sport.
The Marylebone Farmers' Market is a delightful place to shop for local, fresh produce. The stalls offer specialties including organic and free range farm produce and hand made delicacies. The market is held in the Cramer Street Car Park (behind Marylebone High Street) and is open every Sunday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
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